Immigrate To Canada As A Pilot Or Flying Instructor: All You Need To Know

Immigrate To Canada As A Pilot Or Flying Instructor: All You Need To Know
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A Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace says thousands of qualified candidates are needed for Canada jobs as pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors.

That report, which dates back to 2018, forecasts a need for as many as 7,300 more pilots by 2025.

Job Bank, the federal job-hunting and career-planning website, is forecasting the job prospects for pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors to be “good” in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Nunavut through to 2031.

The Yukon, though, is where job prospects for these professionals are expected to be the best with Job Bank giving that Canadian territory a ranking of “very good”, its highest.

In British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories, job prospects for pilots, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 72600, are deemed to be “moderate”.

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With Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announcing earlier this year that Canada’s Express Entry system will begin targeting 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors – foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Canada are now looking at a new opportunity to get their permanent residence here.

The flagship Express Entry selection system has previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.

Candidates will need at least six months of continuous work experience in Canada or abroad within the past three years in one of these occupations to be eligible, experience that can have been gained while working in Canada as temporary foreign workers with a work permits or as an international student with a student visa.

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The opportunities are there.

There were already 349 job listings for pilots and another eight for flight engineers and flying instructor, posted on the job-hunting website in July, some of them from employers hoping to hire more than one employee.

Most of the jobs for pilots listed in July on Indeed were in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

In Canada, the median hourly wage for cybersecurity specialists is $45.60 but that varies from a low of $22.85 right up to $77.88, reveals Job Bank.

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Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means pilots could expect to earn a top median annual income of $151,866.

Under the changes announced at the end of May, the Express Entry streams, including the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), as well as parts of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) will now be more responsive to labour market needs.

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“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” said former Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

“These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities.”

Canada first signalled its intention to start occupation-specific draws through Express Entry in June last year, when changes were made to the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Act to allow invitations based on occupations and other attributes, such as language ability.

The majority of Canada’s provinces have been issuing occupation-specific invitations for several years.


Under the changes to the act, the immigration minister is required to consult provinces and territories, members of industry, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners, before announcing new categories.

IRCC must also report to parliament each year on the categories that were chosen and the reason for the choices.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) says the number of occupations facing shortages doubled between 2019 and 2021. From 2018 to 2022, federal high skilled admissions accounted for between 34 and 40 per cent of overall French-speaking admissions outside Quebec, which manages its own immigration intake.

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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.